- Associated Press - Monday, February 10, 2014

BOSTON (AP) - The release of pollutants into the environment in Massachusetts and New England is declining.

A report released Monday by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency found that in 2012 about 19.2 million pounds of chemicals were released in the six New England states. That’s a reduction of about 2.5 percent compared with 2011.

In Massachusetts, 433 facilities reported 3.5 million pounds of chemicals released into the environment - a reduction of about 7.7 percent compared with 2011. About 43 percent of those pollutants were emitted into the air.

The study is based on reports by industries throughout the country regarding chemical releases to air, water and land by power plants, manufacturers and other facilities which employ 10 or more workers and exceed thresholds for chemicals.

The information doesn’t include illegal dumping.

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